Bad finishing

Cheap painters come at a cost

Cheap kitchen cabinet painting comes at a big cost!

When it comes to kitchen cabinet refinishing, cheap painters charge less for a reason. They usually don't have a spray shop, professional tools or the ability to reproduce a long lasting new-like cabinet finish.

It takes a spray shop, time and tools to refinish kitchen cabinets properly.

Cleaning and removing old varnish

If the cabinet painter doesn't remove the top level of old varnish... be prepared for grief and disappointment. No-one likes sanding varnish but its part of the job and therefore it must be done right!

Sanding cabinets is a nasty and time consuming job in cabinet restoration and if you don't do it well, you will suffer the consequences.

Bad kitchen cabinet painting

Kitchen cabinet painters with mediocre methods avoid this step and when they do... they will ruin cabinets every time. Be warned... we cannot fix bad kitchen cabinet painting without savage stripping.

The less varnish removed, the easier paint will chip or peel.

If you don't remove varnish or glaze, the top level of paint with chip, thus, you will see the shiny wood underneath every time.

Bad kitchen cabinet painting

Sanding, scuffing or de-glazing is extremely important and most evident when painting light colours over dark stained cabinets.

When considering a painter to paint, repaint, restore, refinish old wood cabinets, make sure you are hiring a cabinet painter that takes the time to prep. Otherwise... once cabinets are painted badly, they will always be chipping and peeling.

Bad kitchen cabinet painting

Here are a few examples of what bad kitchen cabinet painting looks like. 

Bad kitchen cabinet painting

Bad kitchen cabinet painting
Occasionally we will get a call to fix or refinish kitchen cabinets that have been previously painted by someone that didn't know how to paint them properly.

The common issue are:

  • chipping
  • peeling
  • paint runs
  • orange peel, brush lines
  • just plain ugly looking

 Trying to fix a bad paint job like this isn't something we are usually interested in.


Whomever did this painted over grease, never sanded and never primed the doors. Trying to fix something like this requires savage stripping and a lot of labour $$$.

Does Cabinet Paint Chip?

Kitchen cabinet paint is no different to auto body work. It will chip if you hit it.

However, in order for paint to stick and feel smooth, surfaces should always be prepared properly. After 40 years in the painting business we have learned one thing that sets our work apart from others, paint chips far less, adheres to a surface much better when old finishes are clean and sanded back down to the wood again.

Sanding greatly improves paint adhesion, durability and overall look.

Kitchen cabinet painting

Before Painting, Priming or Undercoating

⚠️ When is comes to kitchen cabinet painting, it is very important wood surfaces are extremely clean and porous (never shinny). The deeper paint gets absorbed into wood, the less chance paint will chip or be as noticeable. See flood coating

(sanding is particularly important when painting darker wood cabinets light colours or shades of white)

Note: We never use lacquer because it yellows, cracks and chips at corner joints with expansion. Benjamin Moore Acrylic paints however are the best choice when it comes to kitchen cabinet paint because it never yellows, it is more durable and flexible and comes in any colour you desire!

Peeling Kitchen Cabinets

Is paint chipping, flaking, falling off your relatively new kitchen cabinets?

Below is an example of how easy paint comes off these cabinets that were installed in the beautiful area of Bear Mountain area of Langford, BC. PAINTING Guys refinished these to look new again. The cabinet builder did not prime these cabinets and the lacquer uses was terrible. See why we don't use lacquer

No disrespect intended but whomever built /painted (lacquer) these cabinets did not prep, prime or paint them properly.

Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing - PAINTING Guys Alberta

Poorly finished cabinets like this can be refinished to look new again. You do not need to replace the cabinets.